Telluride is defined by its natural environment, and is a model of a vibrant and healthy community. Recognizing this, Telluride Ski Resort invited Dr. Brian Nattrass and Mary Altomare to work with their teams to develop a road map towards sustainability. Nattrass and Altomare have also successfully worked with Starbucks and Nike to help develop their long term sustainability plans.
As a result of the work with Nattrass and Altomare, Telluride has evolved its efforts to cover a broad range of conservation initiatives and educational endeavors, including watershed protection, water and energy conservation, waste reduction and recycling and air quality.
Here is a summary of our efforts over the past decade:
- Snow fence installations around the mountain naturally collected snow and protected wind-exposed areas
- Integrating GIS technology as a tool in morning meetings, mission assignments, and daily communication has resulted in less run time on pumps, thus reducing our snowmaking needs and power consumption
- Fleet efficiencies lighter machines, increased capacity, and more efficient engines utilizing monitoring and governing
- using new lighter trucks and UTVS has caused a reduction in fuel and oil usages, as well as overall lower running costs by decreasing miles driven (due to the increasing capacity of work trucks)
- Monitoring of engines using new engine-tuning equipment is being utilized to ensure all machinery is operating in its most efficient range
- Groomers are operating Tier 4 machines that permit operation at 1350 RPMs rather than 1550 RPMs
- Landscapers have switched to electric trimmers and are exploring alternatives to herbicides
- A Hydro-Mulcher was purchased to decrease topsoil erosion and increase green space
- trail crews has purchased new more efficient chainsaws
- reduce the amount of single-use containers, their departments are purchasing common use items (e.g., chainsaw bar oil and gas-mix, sunscreen, earplugs) in bulk
- office, tool shed, and work shed have been fitted with motion-activated light switches and high-efficiency LED lights
- Grooming department has provided insulated water bottles to the crew to decrease single-use containers
- accounting department started going paperless a few years ago and has moved another one of their processes to a digital format
- Forest Health projects around the mountain are used to reduce fuels for wildfire and improve forest resiliency and reused as fuel for on-mountain stoves and fireplaces
- developing a companywide initiative to encourage every employee to participate in creating efficiencies and reduce waste
- Reduced lift runtime at Oak Street Lift due to low ridership, resulting in 30% reduction in electrical at this lift
- Food and Beverage is analyzing trash and recycling programs, we no longer have plastic straws
- Installation of low-energy snow guns
- Installation of new weather station for remote operations
- Purchase and rehabilitated an existing building, Mountain View Apartments, for employee house close to work, decreasing commute to work distance. 30 units
- Accounting moved into paperless processing saving approximately 24 tons of paper in 3 years.
- TSG has engaged in spruce beetle mitigation for over 15 years with the guidance and aid of the USFS.
- Installation of new boilers in the ski school and ticket sales building that are 95% efficient
- Telluride Ski Resort implemented company-wide light retrofits, 60 W bulbs have been switched to 11 W
- Replaced snowmaking guns and lines with more efficient technology
- Replaced fiberglass trail signs with locally-made, handcrafted wood signs
- Upgraded snowmobile and ATV fleet with 4-stroke model
- De-rated snow cats
- The Vehicle Maintenance department has replaced low MPG vehicles with more
- fuel efficient vehicles to decrease gasoline usage
- Snow cats have been equipped with idle sensors to control extended idle times
- and conserve fuel.
- Snow cats have been governed to set maximum RPMs during operation to limit
- fuel consumption.
- Snowmaking capital projects include improving efficiency of system by installing
- new air/water lines and 75 new low energy snow guns.
- New water distribution lines have been installed to allow lower mountain system to
- operate on gravity vs. pumping to eliminate need for electric power to distribute
- Telluride continued lighting upgrades.
- Started the lighting retrofit project in its Administration and Ski School buildings
- Added 10 high efficiency snowmaking guns.
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